Iskandar Malaysia of Johor and Kuching of Sarawak will be among the first city in this region to have the ART system runs along their main road. The arrival of the ART is a great step forward for Malaysian’s urban transportation business in the year ahead.
The planning for the ART Pilot Testing Programme in Iskandar Malaysia, which will showcase 7 other bus manufacturers, is well underway after some delays due to the pandemic in 2020, and now, it is hope that the project up and running by early 2021.
This will be one of the test lines for the larger Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit (IMBRT) project, a comprehensive transit system for Iskandar Malaysia covering a network of more than 200 km in Phase 1. For Sarawak, ART system to start trial runs in Kuching in 2023, and projected to commercial operations by 2025.
ART is a railless and medium capacity transit system for urban passenger transport using leading edge technology and allows for higher passenger capacity at a lower cost of implementation, compared to traditional light-rail train (LRT) systems, and it operates on clean sources of energy such as electricity or hydrogen.
The multi-carriages are equipped with sensors that read the virtual tracks on the road, enabling it to automatically navigate its own route, travelling up to 70km per hour and carrying more than 300 passengers with 3 carriages. The capacity of an ART vehicle is expandable to approximately 500 passengers with 5 carriages.